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SSO via HMAC and shared key. Can this be improved?

Given an authenticated user on A.com, we want to redirect the user to B.com so that she'll be immedaitely authenticated. The scheme I'm considering is very basic: A.com and B.com both share key S. ...
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In Same Origin Policy, why are different protocols considered a security violation?

I can understand why content from different domains is considered to be unstrusted for the same origin policy. But, how can be content from diferent protocols from the same site/domain be dangerous? ...
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Access-Control-Allow-Origin wihout AJAX

The post at http://security.stackexchange.com/a/43456/8340 (incorrectly?) states No, as long as the CORS Access-Control-Allow-Origin is at its default restrictive value. This prevents the outer ...
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Does returning `Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *` weaken the security of JSON GET responses?

The W3C CORS recommendation states: Certain types of resources should not attempt to specify particular authorized origins, but instead either deny or allow all origins. ... 3. A GET ...
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Why is the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header necessary?

I understand the purpose of the Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header, but can't see what problem the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header solves. More precisely, it's easy to see how, if ...
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Can older or custom web browsers override the same origin policy?

I totally understand the basis of origin policy and the reasoning why all modern browsers have put this policy into place. My question I guess is, do older browsers support this, and if they don't, ...
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ReverseProxy and PCI Compliance

My company has a PCI compliant billing gateway and they expose a service for submitting credit card payment details. I am writing a (Single Page Application/end-to-end javascript) website for them ...
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Flash ignores Content-Type header, allowing XSS?

I recently read that the Flash plugin ignores the Content-Type header in certain circumstances. In particular, you can give Flash a URL, and the Flash plugin will happily fetch the content at that ...
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Securely render SVG

How can I securely render SVG documents in a media sharing application? I think the same-origin policy might help a bit if I host the SVG documents on a separate domain and render them inside an ...
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Gaining sensible information from advertisement displayed in web pages

As we all know, JavaScript loaded inside a website A gets restricted to access the domain itself [same origin policy]. Unfortunately, same origin policy does not apply to newly created DOM nodes, ...
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Child iFrame hash verification of parent iFrame content

Consider the following scenario: Alice wishes to browse Victor's website while on the job at Initech. Victor's website is hosted on an alternative domain name system to which Initech's DNS does not ...
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Why is Access-Control-Allow-Origin required for uncredentialed cross-domain requests?

I understand CSRF and why cross-domain AJAX requests with cookies or other credentials can't be permitted without an Access-Control-Allow-Credentials header explicitly permitting them - otherwise I'd ...
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New gTLDs are coming. How will browsers handle cookies, SOP and certificates?

Given that the security "zone" varies based on the TLD, how will the new TLS be handled? For example: A browser may permit cookies to be shared and SSL certificates, and wildcard certificates ...
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In which ways could a javascript making a cross domain HEAD request be a threat?

I was just reading this answer to the question Why is the same origin policy so important? Basically, when you try to make an XMLHttpRequest to a different domain, the browser will do one of two ...
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Best practices for integrating external javascript?

I'm looking for some standard pieces of advice on how to integrate external JavaScript into a website. For example, on mywebsite.com: <script ...
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What is the “about:blank” context for browser security and privacy?

This blog is describing a way to hide the referer header in various situations. Specifically he is referring to things that run in the about:blank context. What is the about:blank context? How does ...
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How do browsers know which cookie to get?

I tried writing a script that would display the contents of a cookie set by another website but it didn't work. <?php echo 'Website cookie is '.$_COOKIE['locale']; ?> But I get an undefined ...
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How does DOCTYPE selection affect security of my AJAX app?

I'm considering using modern techniques to protect my Javascript code and am studying how the DOCTYPE element selection may impact that. Specifically, the linked question used IFrames which are not ...
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Defense against same origin attacks?

The Question: How do I, as the victim, protect my site from being manipulated into doing something it's not supposed to, on a shared host? Same-Origin policy looks the other way. Most convenient ...
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How can I embed iframe securely without restricting its functionality?

I'd want to embed an iframe from untrusted site into web application. Iframe: should be able to run Javascript and browser plugins (Flash, etc.) should not be able to access my web application ...
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Same-origin policy for file: URLs in Android browser?

When you load a file:// URL in an Android WebView or in the Android browser, what does it treat as the origin? What can the Javascript on that page access? Can it access other files in the same ...
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User-specific Subdomains : JavaScript security

If I provide a public-facing website for users on my website at their own subdomain (e.g. bob.myapp.com) under their own control, can I allow them to execute arbitrary JavaScript without putting my ...
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E-mail read receipt through XSS

I recently stumbled upon a really silly/unsafe but an interesting way to get a read receipt of an e-mail. I'm not 100% sure if the method in use works, which is why I'm asking it here. G-mail does ...
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Vulnerabilities of having one path of app accessible only via HTTPS but others via HTTP?

Imagine example.com that is accessible via HTTP and HTTPS. Most of content at site isn't secure and it won't be bad if it will be read by attacker. One of paths - example.com/secure_zone is accessible ...
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Why can I read the response to this CSRF attack?

I have a website www.foo.com:8002 that I have resolve to 127.0.0.1:8002 in my hosts file. I have another (the main site) running at localhost:80 In www.foo.com:8002 the page looks like <form ...
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Client-side cross-site access in SSL environment - when it's still possible to do?

I'm trying to imagine an secure sandboxed environment for an application which is big and unexplored, and may contain backdoors. It would live under chroot/virtual environment with no outgoing ...
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Do browsers allows pages loaded on one tab to access/intercept/inject data in other tabs?

I was surprised to hear from this Reuters video that it was possible for a page loaded on one tab to access and/or inject data onto another page loaded on a different tab. TL;DW (too lazy; didn't ...
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Why doesn't the same origin policy block get requests what contain arguments?

From what I understand, the same origin policy prevents scripts in a web page from talking to servers outside of the present domain (using post, xmlhttprequest, etc). I assumed that get requests ...
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Using iframes to sandbox untrusted code

I'm trying to create an extensible platform, where my site will provide a model and some views (both client-side, in the browser) and third party sites may add their own views as well. The goal here ...
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What is the point of the same-domain rule for xmlhttprequest when script tags/JSONP can cross domains?

I get that I don't want a page loaded from stackoverflow.com to be able to request gmail.com on my behalf and read my email--but this seems to be simply a cookie issue. Since JSONP bypasses ...
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What servers or clients are immune to related-domain cookie attacks? (*.example.com)

In this question, I want to identify browsers, servers, or implementations that are immune from related domain cookie attacks (e.g. a.example.com vs b.example.com). Lacking any tangible solution, ...
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cookie path protection within same domain

The answer to this question about how cookies are potentially vulnerable between sub-domains sparked my curiosity. As far as I know, if a cookie is set on a sub-path of the same domain ...
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Active Directory: Should Workstations be separated from servers to protect from related domain hacks?

How should I protect domain joined hosts in the same AD domain from the Related Domain Cookie Attack? Suppose there is an AD forest called example.com. This company has a variety of internal and ...
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Are there any same origin issues (SOP) with TOR?

Are there any issues with Same Origin Policy (SOP) with TOR or *.onion addresses? I'm thinking of cookies Plugins (Silverlight, Flash, Java, etc) Javascript
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Why is the same origin policy so important?

I can't really fully understand what same origin domain means. I know it means that when getting a resource from another domain (say a JS file) it will run from the context of the domain that serves ...